OmetepeArtisans

Handcrafted Jewelry Made on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

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OmetepeArtisans

Handcrafted Jewelry Made on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

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Natural and Handmade Jewelry from Nicaragua

Ometepe Artisans is a sustainability outreach project started in 2019 by One Body Global Ministries, Inc. (“OBGM”), a 501(C) (3) nonprofit charity serving the extremely poor in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Ometepe is a remote island that can only be accessed by a one-hour ferry ride in the middle of a fresh-water lake located in the southwest region of Nicaragua, Central America. Most of the indigenous people on Ometepe live well below the poverty level of $2 USD/day.
Ometepe Artisans fights poverty by offering an ongoing means for well-established, indigenous artisans to connect to the global market and earn a fair income. Most of the artisans are women, who are the backbone in the family and village life. By empowering them, this project will have immediate impact to their children, extended families, and communities throughout Ometepe.
OBGM are not just “selling” jewelry, etc. for these artisans, we are a year-round organization with well-established relationships in the community and the world. Our artisans participate in micro-credit and training. 100% of the net proceeds from each sale goes directly to the artisan. Therefore, Ometepe Artisans is much different than a fair trade boutique or brand. It is a project folding into a sustainability strategy to benefit, specifically, the indigenous population of Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.
In addition to making a living, our hope is that each artisan’s voice and ancient cultural knowledge is heard through the details of their artwork. Selected artisans in the project must be indigenous residents of Ometepe Island, Nicaragua and respected members in their village. All of the items for sale are handmade, and we trust our artisans to use local, natural materials. We encourage sustainable options whenever available.

Meet the Artisans:

Rosa is a 52-year old single woman living in a one-room hut in the village of Santa Cruz, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest country in the Western Hemisphere behind Haiti. She is a pillar in her community volunteering many hours each week, especially visiting the extreme poor and sick in the surrounding villages. Rosa is one of only a few local artisans approved to sell her jewelry at the “Ojo de Agua” natural mineral springs and famous tourist destination on the island. However, economic instability limits her ability to maintain a sustainable income. Rosita’s dream is simple: to move into a safer home and love her neighbor.
HER WORK:
Rosa has hand crafted indigenous jewelry for over 11 years. Her extraordinary talent and skill combine ancient artifacts, such as amber or fossilized stone only found on the dormant Maderas Volcano on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. She polishes these items into one-of-a-kind, modern jewelry designs. Many times the natural shape of the amber or stone is maintained for its artistic value. Rosa also designs jewelry with seeds, teeth and cow bones found around the island. Much of her work emulates Ometepe’s culture or ancient petroglyphs which were left behind by the Chorotega, Nahuatl and Mayan.

Gladys is a 36-year old single mother who has lived her entire life in the village of Santa Cruz in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest country in the Western Hemisphere behind Haiti. She dwells in a single-room hut with no electricity or running water. She lives here so she can be close to her extended family where her two sons, Jose David, age 12, and Anthony, age 9, live with her parents. Gladys has successfully crafted and sold indigenous jewelry for over 11 years – selling it to international tourists visiting Ometepe. This was her primary source of income. However, a political crisis in 2018 and bouts with kidney disease have had a negative impact on her ability to sustain her income. Glady’s dream is to be able to provide a safe home and stable income to support herself and her two sons.
HER WORK:
Gladys has successfully crafted indigenous jewelry for over 11 years. Her handmade specialties include colorful braided and beaded bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Her colorful and intricate designs also utilize natural seeds and wood found on Ometepe Island. When materials allow, Gladys incorporates the island’s pre-Columbian symbolism and natural majesty of Ometepe’s landscape into her jewelry designs to tell the island’s unique story & culture through her work.

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  • Rosita

    Artisan

    Rosa is a 52-year old single woman living in a one-room hut in the village of Santa Cruz, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.

  • Gladys

    Artisan

    Gladys is a 36-year old single mother who has lived her entire life in the village of Santa Cruz in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.

  • Rochelle Scott

    Customer Service, Marketer, Shipper

    Rochelle is the co-founder of One Body Global Ministries, Inc., a year-round 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving the impoverished in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.

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Last updated on Apr 22, 2020
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Does my order ship from Nicaragua?

No. All items are shipped from a representative in Florida. Contact her with any shipping questions.